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Sermons by J. Ligon Duncan

But about a month and a half ago I looked and I noticed, (A) It was falling on Palm Sunday – and it’s always hard to decide what to preach on a one-off message. You know it’s a lot easier when you’re preaching through a Bible book you know you’ve got to preach the next passage. But when you’re coming in one-off, what are you going to do...

This congregation that received this letter – and really, the letter sounds almost like a sermon. If you’ve ever heard people quote sections of the book of Hebrews, it sounds like a sermon. It has that sermonic role. Remember how Derek, he’d start off slow, you know, and then he’d build up speed and it was just like a freight train moving down! This book has that feel...

When Jesus gives you a gift, it’s a good thing to consider why He gives you that gift, to understand what it’s for, to understand what it’s supposed to produce in your life and the life of the congregation. And that’s what Paul is talking about here. This whole section that we’re going to look at begins with Paul quoting loosely from a psalm. And he explains that...

If you have your Bibles, I’d like you to turn with me to Acts chapter 20 verse 32.  My heart is filled with many very specific thanks and if I get started on those thanks I would leave someone out and so as much as I want to do that I am going to restrain myself.  I do think that I need to publically thank Anne and Sarah...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

Well tonight makes, I think, about twenty-four weeks in Psalm 119.  Even though there are only twenty-two sections you’ll remember that one Lord’s Day Evening we read through the entire psalm in one sitting, something that I don’t think I’ve ever heard anywhere else but here at First Presbyterian Church.  And then we did sort of a one message overview of the entire psalm and then for the...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 13.  We’re going to be looking at the final verses of the book together as we come to the end of our exposition.  Over and over again in our study of this book we have said that it is emphasized that Jesus is better - Jesus is better than Moses, better than the...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

If you have your Bibles, turn with me to Psalm 119 again to verse 161 as we come to the second to the last section of this psalm.  God willing, on the evening of the 15th, we will complete our journey through Psalm 119.  Now if you have Bibles that have headings for each of these sections you have seen an English rendering of the name...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 13.  We’re going to be looking at verse 17 as we return to our study of this book and its last chapter.  If you were going to give a topic heading for Hebrews 13:17-19 it would be, “The Responsibility of the Congregation to Its Spiritual Leaders.”  And I think you could outline it...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Psalm 119, verses 153 to 160.  And you note, in the very opening words of this portion of Psalm 119 that the psalmist again is dealing with his own affliction and is crying out to God.  How often we encounter this theme in the psalms.  And so we should not be discouraged when we...

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to the gospel of John.  We’re taking a break from our series in the book of Hebrews to look at the Gospel - what is the Gospel?  There are wonderful summarizing statements of the Gospel all through the New Testament; there is none more familiar, more beloved, or clearer than this one.  This passage comes in...

Pslam 119 Not By Bread Alone

Well we’re back in Psalm 119.  You may have forgotten; I did!  We were working on the sermon schedule and somebody said - I think it was Sean, he said, “Well Ligon, you need to finish the last four sections of Psalm 119.”  I said, “I’ve already finished Psalm 119.”  He said, “No you haven’t!”  And I looked back and he was right!  I hadn’t finished Psalm 119! ...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 13.  We’re going to be looking at verses 15 and 16 today.  As we have worked our way through the book of Hebrews together, we have seen the theme repeated that we should continue to trust in Jesus.  William Hendriksen says that the exhortation and argument of the whole book can be summarized...

If you have your  Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to the book of Proverbs.  We’re going to take a break this morning from our series in the book of Hebrews to look at the text that has been chosen by the deacon stewardship committee for our theme verse for Commitment Sunday.  Today is the Lord’s Day on which we make our commitments to the support...

Better: A Study of the Christian Life in Hebrews

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 13 and look at verse 8.   Our reading is going to be from verses 8 to 14 but go ahead and allow your eyes to scan just a little bit back up the page all the way to verse 1 and notice something.  Before we do the reading, I want you to...

If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to 2 Timothy chapter 4.  We’re going to look at Paul’s last written words to Timothy.  Now these aren’t Paul’s last words to Timothy because in this very passage we learn that Timothy is going to see Paul again.  But this is the last letter of Paul to his young mentee, Timothy, a man that he...

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